Growing Winter Lettuce

11/09/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The mountains of Arizona have three main growing seasons.  So, as the nights of Autumn become cooler we change our local vegetable gardens from fruiting tomatoes and squash to kale, broccoli, chives, and lettuce. …

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Determinate and Indeterminate Tomato Varieties?

06/23/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener One of the classifications you often see on a tomato plant or packet of tomato seed is ‘Determinate’ or ‘Indeterminate’. In a nutshell, these terms describe whether the actual plant grows like a bush…

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Sow & Grow Peppers Like a Pro

04/21/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener I’m a salsa gardener, and proud of it! The bulk of my gardens are dedicated to tomatoes, tomatillos, cilantro, onions, chives, and peppers. The most exciting, tastiest, most versatile of new plants for a…

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Flower Power “It’s like a Snickers Bar for Your Plants”

04/13/2018 Ken Davis

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Plant Foods Simplified Locally

02/27/2018 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain,  Arizona’s garden gal When walking down the fertilizer aisle at Watters Garden Center or any home improvement store you can’t help notice the dizzying the array of plant food. You’ll see bags and bottles, powders and granules,…

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Fertilizer Lessons to Choose the Right Plant Food

11/04/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener When walking down the fertilizer aisle at Watters Garden Center or any home improvement store you can’t help noticing the array of formulations. You’ll see bags and bottles, powders and granules, sprays and concentrates.…

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30 Garden Tips for the Next 30 Summer Days

07/01/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener These hot days of Summer, which officially started this week, may be tempting us to sit back and simply enjoy what we planted in spring.  But this is the time when we must turn…

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Tomatoes Best Friend in the Garden

04/21/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener There are plants that work well together and plants that should be kept apart. Matching the two groups into a garden plan is often difficult, especially in small spaces. Companion Planting tomatoes are relatively…

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Insects and Diseases Common to Local Gardens

04/21/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Although gardening has so many upsides, it does have one really irritating double-barreled downside: pests and diseases that attack our beautiful plants and delicious homegrown vegetables.  These attacks rarely are fatal, but monitoring a…

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Herb Salt – Fun Recipe

03/20/2017 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

We’ve recently discovered herb salts as savory, mouth-watering additions to recipes, and also as an ingenious way to prolong the life of fresh herbs. Salt preserves the herbs, and the herbs infuse the salts, making a flavor combo you can’t…

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